How Diet Changed Tom Brady’s Life

When you hear the name Tom Brady, one of two thoughts probably enters your mind:

“He’s the undisputed GOAT. 5 Super Bowl wins and 4 Super Bowl MVP’s”

Or…

“Cheater! Spygate, Deflategate… do I need to continue?”

Yeah, sure the 5 Super Bowl rings are nice. But what is really impressive is the way he got there. He made a dramatic shift in lifestyle during his career. He chose a strict diet, consisting of plenty of all-natural and whole foods. Without it, he wouldn’t be able to perform at such a high level at the age of 39.

Brady’s diet not only helps his ability to perform at his best but also is important to recover quickly from injury. In a recent interview with Boston.com, Allen Campbell, the personal chef for Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, explained that the family maintains an incredibly healthy lifestyle.

What is the secret to Tom Brady and Gisele diet that allows them to keep their minds optimistic and their bodies so athletic?

Plant-Based Diet

Research has found that plant-based diets can improve body mass index, blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol while reducing the need for medication for chronic disease and lowering your chance of heart disease.

Organic Food

Organically grown foods are free of harmful chemicals and are guaranteed non GMO. They are the healthier choice and taste better because nourished and well balanced soil produces healthy strong plants.

Seasonal Food

Flavorful. Cheaper. Fresher. Seasonally fresh produce are harvested at the right time and is picked when they’re naturally ripened which leads to higher levels of antioxidants, more flavor and nutrients. Allen Campbell suggests more red meat, soups and root vegetables in the wintertime and more salads in the summertime for Tom Brady and his family.

80% Vegetables

Vegetables provide a wide range of vitamins and minerals and are rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals and restore cellular health. Their anti-inflammatory abilities help improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as prevent heart disease.

Balance is a key to a healthy body free of inflammation. Vegetables are high in the vitamin A, B, C, K and the minerals potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc which are essential for athletes.

20% Lean Meats

Protein foods are a great way to keep our metabolism running, our energy high and our blood sugar levels stable. Protein is used in every single cell in our body and is critical for building muscle.

Tom Brady includes grass-fed organic beef, wild caught salmon, duck and pasture-raised chicken in his diet, all immune-boosting and packed with essential fatty acids such as Omega-3s.

Whole Grains

Whole grains offer fiber-rich, slow-burning energy that will give you a reservoir of energy during your training, plus muscle-supporting protein.

They are packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases. Tom Brady’s diet includes daily servings of brown rice, quinoa, millet or beans.

Coconut Oil

There are many studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. The healthy saturated fats found in coconut oil are the easiest fats for our body to digest and turn into sustained energy.

Coconut oil is known to reduce inflammation, improve memory and brain function, increase metabolism and improve endurance. This oil is not only great for burning fat but also for building strong muscles. Tom Brady’s personal chef suggests using coconut oil for all cooking and limits olive oil on raw foods only.

Himalayan Pink Salt

Himalayan pink salt is the purest salt to be found on earth. It packs a hearty 80+ minerals and elements. The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and energy-rich iron content.

These crystals are packed with many benefits and are especially needed for athletes before training. Himalayan salt is known to balance electrolytes in the body, increase hydration, prevent muscle cramping, improve circulation and much more.

Bananas

Bananas are loaded with healthy carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals, all beneficial for athletic performance. Bananas are a great source of potassium which makes them perfect snack for before, during and after training.

This electrolyte, potassium, can help fuel your workouts, boosts energy levels and prevent muscle cramping. Bananas are essential for supporting all muscle activity and improving endurance. No wonder why Tom Brady chooses bananas among all fruits.

Tom Brady avoids these inflammation-causing foods:

  • White sugar
  • White flour
  • ​Vegetable oils
  • ​Iodized salt
  • ​Caffeine
  • ​Dairy
  • Gluten

No matter the type of diet you choose to follow, make sure you include raw fruits and vegetables, variety of fresh herbs, healthy fats such as coconut oil and avocado, lean protein like wild caught fish, fermented foods, sprouted grains, nuts, seeds, eggs, and even some meat and raw dairy products.

The key is to find a healthy, sustainable, nutrient-dense diet that helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your risk of chronic disease.

Support sustainable agriculture and local farm that protect the land and practice earth-friendly methods. Consume locally grown produce that is in season and nutrient dense. Choose wisely and enjoy longevity!

Source: http://archive.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/2016/01/04/meet-the-chef-who-decides-what-tom-brady-eats-and-what-definitely-doesn/gERAd0pkpmuELDZztIA56K/story.html

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